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January 2, 2018

Law Enforcement News

Los Angeles Police Officer Recovering After Ambush Shooting
A Los Angeles police officer has been shot in an ambush attack but she's expected to recover. The Los Angeles Police Department says the officer, a recent graduate of the police academy, was shot while patrolling with her training officer shortly before 10 p.m. Friday in the Rampart area. Police Chief Charlie Beck on Saturday called it “an unprovoked and cowardly attack.”
Los Angeles Daily News

5 Colorado Deputies Wounded, 1 Fatally, In ‘Ambush' Attack
A man fired more than 100 rounds at sheriff's deputies in Colorado early Sunday, killing one and injuring four others, before being fatally shot himself in what authorities called an ambush. Two civilians were also injured. Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said deputies came under fire almost immediately and were shot "very, very quickly" after entering a suburban Denver apartment and trying to talk with the suspect, who was holed up inside a bedroom.
Associated Press

Man Who Allegedly Shot Deputy Was Recently Paroled
The sheriff's department on Friday identified the suspect who shot and seriously wounded a deputy in the neck during a shootout in November with the armed ex-con. The gunman was identified as 29-year-old Monolito Alexander Guerra of Newhall. Guerra was on parole at the time of the shooting, according to the department. Guerra was initially arrested on October 15, 2014 and was sentenced to state prison on February 2, 2016.

In Los Angeles, Homicides Are Down, But Violent Crime Is Up For The Fourth Year In A Row
Homicides and gun violence were down in Los Angeles in 2017, a payoff of building closer ties between police and communities and increased efforts to remove firearms from the streets, officials said. The 6% decline in homicides was a reversal from the increases of the previous two years. Craig Lally, president of the union that represent rank-and-file LAPD officers, pointed to a chronic shortage of manpower as a reason why crime has been going up in Los Angeles. The department needs to add at least 2,500 officers to its 10,000-person force, Lally said. “We're working the homeless problem — that's always our problem, as is the mental illness problem,” Lally said. “We're tasked with doing way too much with very little resources.”
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Sergeant Gives Back To Community Through Mentorship From Life Experiences
Echo Park resident Letisia Ruiz was a troubled teen who dropped out of school and became a single mother. She endured several struggles throughout her life but proved you can turn it around with ambition and dreams. Now, she is Officer Letty Ruiz – a respected member of the Los Angeles Police Department and she's using her life experiences to help other troubled teenagers who may not have guidance.

Stray Bullet Strikes 9-Year-Old Boy During New Year's Eve Celebration
Los Angeles police were searching Monday for whoever fired a shot that fell back to earth hitting a 9-year-old boy during a New Year's Eve fireworks celebration in South Los Angeles. The shooting injury took place about 12:25 a.m. in the 8800 block of Baring Cross Avenue, according to LAPD Lt. Jamie Bennett of Southeast Division.

Man Hospitalized After Being Shot Multiple Times In Mid-Wilshire Area
A man is in stable condition after being shot multiple times at a 7-Eleven parking lot in the Mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles Sunday, Los Angeles police say. Authorities say someone fired several shots at the corner of San Vicente and Hauser boulevards, and the victim was struck multiple times.

Individual Killed During Gunfire With Officers In Winnetka Area: LAPD
An individual was fatally shot during an altercation with police in the Winnetka area, authorities said Sunday. The Los Angeles Police Department reported responding to a family dispute at 7:20 p.m. Saturday in the 6900 block of Oakdale Avenue. Shortly before 8 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department's Twitter account warned people to stay away from the area.

Man Allegedly Armed With Gun Shot By Police In Koreatown
Los Angeles police shot a man carrying a gun in Koreatown just after midnight Sunday, a spokeswoman said. The suspect was rushed to an area hospital, where his condition was not immediately known. No officers were injured at the shooting, said Officer Irma Mota of the LAPD ‘s Media Relations Division.

LA Man Arrested In Deadly Swatting Call In Kansas
A Los Angeles man accused of making a prank call that led to a deadly police shooting in Kansas is in jail. The LAPD arrested 25-year-old Tyler Barriss Friday. Barriss, who was convicted of making false bomb threats that evacuated KABC-TV in Glendale in 2016, is accused of calling 911 and claiming he shot his father at their home in Wichita.

New Era Opens In California With First Sales Of Recreational Marijuana
It was six hours past midnight, but the crowd inside the Berkeley Patients Group counted down the seconds. “Happy new year,” they yelled at precisely 6 a.m. Monday as a cashier rang up the cost of three joints, a $45.37 purchase representing one of the first recreational marijuana sales in the state.
SF Gate

'We Are Overwhelmed': Some California Police Fear More Crime With Marijuana Legalization
Licensed businesses across California can begin legally growing and selling marijuana for recreational use Monday, and a hodgepodge of enforcement agencies will be trying to make sure they adhere to a slew of new pot laws. Because no single agency has overarching responsibility, supporters and opponents of legalization worry how well the laws will be followed.
Los Angeles Times

Amid Rising Gun Violence, Accidental Shooting Deaths Have Plummeted. But Why?
A country music festival in Las Vegas: 58 dead. A Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas: 26 dead. The streets of Baltimore last year: nearly 300 dead. Gun violence has received no shortage of attention. But one bright spot has gotten much less: the number of accidental shooting deaths has steadily declined.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Broken-Meter Tickets Become A Thing Of The Past With New State Law
Los Angeles residents are still being ticketed for parking at meters that are broken or malfunctioning. However, a n ew state law in 2018 aims to change that by allowing drivers to park at broken parking meters ticket-free.

After Spending Nearly A Half-Billion Dollars, The LA County ‘Trash Train' Will Not Leave The Station For Another 10 Years, If Ever
They call it the trash train, billed as the answer to a waste disposal crisis looming in the late 1980s and '90s that, if left unaddressed, would leave tons of garbage rotting on Los Angeles County streets. But the crisis never materialized: Literally and metaphorically, no train has ever left the station.
Los Angeles Daily News


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